Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources presented to the National Assembly (the legislative body of the province of Québec) a bill to promote the establishment of a public fast charging service for electric vehicles.
The bill aims in particular:
To amend the Hydro-Québec Act to allow the government to set the rates for a public fast charging service for electric vehicles;
To allow the Régie de l’énergie to take into account, in setting electricity distribution rates, the revenues required by Hydro-Québec to operate a public fast charging service for electric vehicles as well as economic, social and environmental concerns that may be indicated by the government.
The proposed solution, if the bill is adopted, would make it possible to offset the high cost and the lack of profitability of the fast charging stations for electric vehicles, while guaranteeing the rapid deployment and the durability of such a public service.
It will reconcile Hydro-Québec’s actions with government policies and guidelines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the energy transition. Moreover, it would have no direct financial consequences for the government and electricity consumers, since the costs associated with the operation of a public fast charging service for electric vehicles would be included in electricity distribution rates and will have a nil effect on these given the increase in electricity sales, the government said.
As of 31 March 2018, Québec had 24,694 electric vehicles registered on its territory. To reach the targets set—100,000 by 2020, 300,000 in 2026 and one million in 2030—a deployment of public fast charging stations is required, the government said. However, there are currently about 113 of these terminals in Québec. The goal is to add 1,600 more fast chargers within 10 years.